60 days in Ecuador Itinerary

60 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ecuador trip builder

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Quito
— 6 nights
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Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
— 2 nights
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Banos
— 4 nights
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Riobamba
— 5 nights
Drive
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Otavalo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mindo
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cuenca
— 4 nights
Drive
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Loja
— 2 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Ferry to Puerto Ayora
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 8 nights
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 8 nights
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Floreana
— 2 nights
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 8 nights
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Puerto Lopez
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Guayaquil
— 4 nights
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Quito

— 6 nights

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Go for a jaunt from Quito to Puerto Quito to see Pichincha about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, make a trip to Mitad Del Mundo, and stroll through Cotopaxi National Park.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Quito visit planning app.

Boston, USA to Quito is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Boston in November, with highs in Quito at 72°F and lows at 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can fly to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

Things to do in Quito

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 15 — 21:

Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

— 2 nights
A special set of environmental factors helped create Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, one of the most biodiverse national parks in Ecuador.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): stroll through Cuyabeno Reserve.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve planner.

Getting from Quito to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. You will leave for Banos on the 23rd (Tue).

Things to do in Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 23:
Highlights from your trip

Banos

— 4 nights
A trip to Banos, a relatively small town in the picturesque Andean highlands, ensures plenty of chances for outdoor activities like horseback riding, hiking, climbing, canyoning, and mountain biking.
Banos is known for nature, adventure, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Cascada EL Pailon, get outside with Aventurandes, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and browse for treasures at Barahona Galeria de Arte - Hospedaje.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, you can read our Banos online road trip planner.

You can take a bus from Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve to Banos in 8 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Riobamba.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 27:

Riobamba

— 5 nights
Riobamba is the capital of the Chimborazo Province in central Ecuador, which is located at the Chambo River Valley of the Andes. Step out of Riobamba to go to Guaranda and see Volcan Chimborazo, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. Spend the 28th (Sun) exploring nature at Sangay National Park. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pro Bici, take in the awesome beauty at Avenida De Los Volcanes, walk around Laguna de Colta, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Religioso de la Concepcion.

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You can drive from Banos to Riobamba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Otavalo.

Things to do in Riobamba

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 2:

Otavalo

— 2 nights
An Andean market town that has done business its own way for hundreds of years, Otavalo has a largely indigenous population.
On the 3rd (Fri), see the interesting displays at Museo del Banco Central del Ecuador Ibarra, admire the striking features of Municipio de Otavalo, and then admire the sheer force of Cascada de Peguche. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Otavalo Market and then contemplate the waterfront views at Cuicocha.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Otavalo trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Riobamba to Otavalo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mindo.

Things to do in Otavalo

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 4:

Mindo

— 2 nights
Clinging to the western slopes of the Andes, tiny Mindo offers a big punch in terms of tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposas de Mindo - Butterfly Garden, stroll through Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve, and then stroll through Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge. On your second day here, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then stroll through Pacha Quindi Nature Refuge.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Mindo vacation planner.

You can drive from Otavalo to Mindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Cuenca.

Things to do in Mindo

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:

Cuenca

— 4 nights

Athens of Ecuador

Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Cuenca is known for nature, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, immerse yourself in nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon, explore the activities along Laguna La Toreadora, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cuenca journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Mindo to Cuenca takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Cuenca are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Loja.

Things to do in Cuenca

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 10:

Loja

— 2 nights

Musical Capital of Ecuador

On vacation in Loja--a city that loves its music and art--you may very well see the locals singing as they go about their business, through streets decorated with splashes of paint and tiled murals.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): stroll around Parque Recreacional Jipiro and then explore the striking landscape at Sullivan Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Podocarpus.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Loja trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Cuenca to Loja takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Loja

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 12:

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

— 8 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Puerto Ayora is known for parks, nature, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and wander the wide-open spaces of Rancho Primicias.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Loja to Puerto Ayora takes 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in December, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 20:

Puerto Villamil, Isabela

— 8 nights
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Puerto Villamil is known for nature, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with Los Tuneles, step off the mainland to explore Turtle Island, surround yourself with nature on Rosedelco- Day tour, and contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra.

Discover how to plan a Puerto Villamil trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil in 3.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 28:

Floreana

— 2 nights
On the 29th (Wed), get to know the resident critters at Asilo de la Paz and then take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Crown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): stroll through Cormorant Point and then stroll through Playa Negra.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Floreana online journey builder.

Explore your travel options from Puerto Villamil to Floreana with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Villamil to Floreana is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Floreana

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal

— 8 nights
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Spend the 2nd (Sun) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. There's lots more to do: get outside with Cerro Tijeretas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Mann, kick back and relax at Playa de Oro, and take a tour by water with Wreck Bay Diving Center.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Floreana to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Puerto Lopez.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 7:

Puerto Lopez

— 2 nights
Sitting on the edge of a bay on the Pacific coast of Manabi Province, the small fishing village of Puerto Lopez acts as headquarters for the surrounding national park.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Sumpa Trip. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Aventuras La Plata, then look for gifts at Pacha Chocolates, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de los Frailes.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Lopez trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Lopez in 4 hours. In January, daytime highs in Puerto Lopez are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the shuttle to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Lopez

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

Guayaquil

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Guayaquil is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the waterfront at Malecon 2000, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art, see the interesting displays at Museo Nahim Isaias, and explore and take pictures at Guayaquil Historical Park.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Guayaquil trip planning website.

Take a shuttle from Puerto Lopez to Guayaquil in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in January, and nighttime lows around 74°F. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Wildlife · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:

Ecuador travel guide

4.5
With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.